About Frederick County Ag

Frederick County has 1,373 farms. These farms cover a total of 188,567 acres, which is approximately 44% of the total land in the county. Frederick County has a diverse agriculture sector. Livestock raised include dairy and beef cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. Crops grown include corn, soybeans, wheat, forages, vegetables, and fruits. The county also has a growing craft beverage industry.

Meet our Ag Agent - Jarette Hurry

Jarette come to us from North Carolina State Extension and was there seven years prior to making the move to Maryland. During his tenure in North Carolina, he worked in field crop and horticulture production and also served as a Soil and Water supervisor for his district and as an honorary member on the Farm Bureau board. He received his B.S. in Environmental Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and will be graduating from North Carolina State University with his master’s degree in Crop Science fall of 2021. Jarette plans to spend his time in the field through applied on-farm research and face-to-face consultations with the farming community.

Contact us

301-600-3577
jjhurry@umd.edu Jarette Hurry, Agriculture Agent

301-600-3576
lstrong@umd.edu Lisa Strong, Agriculture Administrative Assistant

301-600-3571
kfuss1@umd.edu Kaitlyn Fuss, Nutrient Management Advisor

 

Upcoming Programs

Fall Meetings:

  • Private Applicator Pesticide Training - Wednesday, October 27, 2021; 6-8pm at the Burkittsville Ruritan. Registration required. Core manuals are available for sale $15.00, please contact Lisa at lstrong@umd.edu or 301-600-3576 to purchase a book.
  • Private Applicator Exam - Tuesday, November 2, 2021; 6-8pm; at the Burkittsville Ruritan. Registration required.
  • Private Applicator Pesticide Recertification - Wednesday, November 10, 2021; 6-8pm at the Burkittsville Ruritan. Registration required.
  • Nutrient Voucher Training & Recertification - Wednesday, December 8, 2021; 6-8pm location TBD. Registration required.

Extension Events

For a variety of events and workshops, scroll through the Event Calendar.  Check out the latest news and research Extension is working on. 

News & Events

Women in Agriculture

As the USDA reports, the number of women involved in agriculture has grown in recent years. MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture is dedicated to providing knowledge and resources to women who share a passion for agriculture. 

Wednesday Webinars - offered the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.  They are FREE and open to all!  Listing of webinars is on our website.

Maryland Beef Webinar Series

Webinars will be held from 7:30-8:30 pm on the first Thursday of each month. 

Private Applicator Pesticide Credits

If you are in need of credits to recertify your Private Applicator Pesticide license there are a few ways to do this.

1. Pre-recorded webinars are available to watch at your own convenience. Follow the instructions under the 2020 Pesticide Renewals heading, under option 2. 

2. A team of Extension agents from University of Maryland, University of Delaware, Penn State have produced a workbook for applicators that do not have access to virtual training materials, more information under option 4.  

3. In-person meetings - we usually have meetings once a year in October/November.  Contact our office for more information if the dates are not listed on this web page.

** To renew your certificate on line go to the MDA renewal site. Here is a video tutorial with directions on renewing your license online.

Nutrient Management Voucher Applicator Credits

If you are in need of credits to recertify your Nutrient Management Voucher Applicator license there are two ways to do this through online self-paced webinars listed below.  

1. Pre-recorded webinars are available to watch at your own convenience.  Follow the instructions under the 2020 Pesticide Renewals heading, Option 2, this is for Nutrient Management Voucher and also Pesticide Renewals.

2. Agricultural Nutrient Management Training Program (MDA). Upcoming available classes that offer credits.

3. Additional online webinars (MDA). Print out the quiz before you start watching the program so you can follow along. All your answers must be correct to earn CEUs. Mail completed quiz no later than 3 business days after you view the program to MDA at the address provided on the quiz.  Be sure to keep a copy for your records.

Ag Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for help on your farm?  Take a look at A Guide To Custom Operators. If you are a custom operator and would like to be added to our resource guide, sign up here.

Land Rental Rates - USDA, National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) Cash Rental Rates. Page 3 for cropland, non-irrigated rates, page 4 for cropland, irrigated rates.

Lease Agreements

Maryland FarmLink is a website that helps Maryland farmers buy, sell, and lease farmland as well as connect with other farmers. This website is run by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission.

Sources of Technical Assistance, Education, and Support for Farmers in Frederick County Maryland

Ag Links to Resources

Frederick County Extension Ag Facebook page
 
University of Maryland (home page)
University of Maryland Extension (home page)
Catoctin & Frederick Soil Conservation (home page)

The soil conservation and water quality efforts in the county are channeled through the Soil Conservation District (SCD). The SCD works closely with the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service to install conservation practices and write conservation plans. The SCD also promotes environmental conservation to the public. Frederick County has two District Boards (Frederick & Catoctin), which are made up of farmers from the county.

Frederick County Government (home page)
  • Frederick County Office of Economic Development - The Office of Economic Development works to increase the overall economic health of Frederick County by attracting new businesses and help existing businesses be more successful. Since agriculture is one of the key industries in the county, the Office of Economic Development assists farmers with promoting agriculture and walking through regulations for items such as zoning and value-added products. Homegrown Frederick, a website and annual magazine that promotes local farms, is published by the Office of Economic Development.

  • Frederick County Agricultural Land Preservation Program - The Agricultural Land Preservation office administers a variety of local, state, and federal land preservation programs focused on protecting agricultural lands. These preservation programs provide many opportunities to the farmers of Frederick County to protect the future of their farmlands and promote natural resource industries.

  • Frederick County Weed Control - 301-600-1586 Frederick County Weed Control operates through a joint partnership between the county government and the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Weed Control enforces the State Weed Control Law which regulates johnsongrass, shattercane, and thistles. They also provide technical assistance to landowners for initiating noxious weed control programs.

  • Maryland Department of Health (MDH), Frederick County Office - The Environmental Health Services Division of the MDH oversees regulations dealing with wells, septic systems, food service facilities, farmers markets, cottage food businesses, and value-added products.

Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (Future Harvest CASA)

Future Harvest CASA provides education, networking, and advocacy to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed; protect our land, water, and air; and provide healthy, nutritious food that sustains the region’s communities and cities. Future Harvest CASA offers field days, meetings, conferences, as well as a Beginning Farmer Training Program.
 

Hay and Straw for Sale
Homegrown Frederick

Homegrown Frederick is a place where you can find local products, Farmers' Markets, learn about area farms and what is going on in the Ag community.

Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation

MARBICO is a quasi-public economic development organization that helps Maryland’s farm, forestry, and seafood businesses achieve sustainability and profitability. They offer loan and grant programs for farmers and rural business owners, land preservation programs, partnerships with commercial lenders, and business resources and planning tools for rural entrepreneurs. 

Maryland Department of Agriculture (home page)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (home page)
  • Forestry Division - The Forestry Division of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources can assist landowners with the establishment, management, and harvesting of trees on their property.

  • Wildlife Division - The Wildlife Division of DNR manages the wildlife in the state. They handle complaints dealing with wildlife damage to crops and issue control permits and work with landowners to develop wildlife management plans.

Maryland FarmLink

Maryland FarmLink is a website that helps Maryland farmers buy, sell, and lease farmland as well as connect with other farmers. This website is run by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission.

Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA)

2020 Legal Services Directory

Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit

Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit is an agricultural lending cooperative. They offer farm, home, and land loans, as well as crop insurance. Farm Credit also has a Beginning Farmer Program and an AgBiz Masters Program for young and beginning farmers.

U.S. Deparment of Agriculture (home page)
  • Farm Service Agency - The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. FSA handles the government cost-share and price support programs, as well as low-interest loans. Disaster programs for drought, freeze, and hail are also handled by FSA. 

  • Grants and Loans

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service - The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance for installing farm practices that reduce soil erosion and benefit water quality. These practices include grass waterways, diversions, crop strips, ponds, watering troughs, manure pits, cover crops, stream buffers, and many more. NRCS also writes conservation plans, which are plans for the implementation of conservation practices on the farm.

  • New Farmer Website - USDA has a section of their website dedicated to new farmers, women in ag, young farmers, and veterans. Information on how to start a farm, business resources, and grants and loans are available on this website

Nutrient Management Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some quick FAQs regarding nutrient vouchers and certified farm operators (CFOs).

Q: How do I know if my nutrient voucher is still valid?
A: Each voucher holder should have a card with an expiration date on it, and MDA will also send out expiration notices in the mail.

Q: Can I look up if my nutrient voucher is still valid?
A: There is no online way to look them up, however voucher holders may contact MDA's regional offices or headquarters directly to look up that information or email nminfo.mda@maryland.gov.

Q: Where is the list of voucher training courses?
A: MDA Nutrient Management Training webpage

Q: What should a farmer do when attending nutrient voucher training to ensure his/her voucher is updated?
A: The host of the meeting will have sign-in sheets, make sure you sign in (this includes winter meetings for which voucher certification is offered).

Q: What is a certified farm operator (CFO)?
A: A CFO is a farmer who is certified to write their own nutrient management plan for their operation.

Q: I want to write my own plan, how do I become a CFO?
A: Sign up for a class!

Q: How many nutrient management CEUs do I need to keep my CFO certification valid?
A: You will need 2 credits within the first year, and 6 credits every 3 years thereafter.

Q: How do I know when my CFO certification needs to be renewed?
A: Each CFO should have a card with an expiration date on it, and MDA will also send out renewal notices in the mail.

Q: What do I do when I receive a renewal notice?
A: You will need to report qualifying CEUs that you received over the past 1 year/3 years and send the notice back to MDA. If you are unsure of when you received CEUs, you can contact MDA's regional offices or headquarters to find out. Good recordkeeping is your best bet.

Q: Where can I find out more about Nutrient Management?
A: University of MD Extension Agriculture Nutrient Management Program

Forage or Soil Probes

The Frederick County Extension Office has soil probes, and a forage (hay) probe that you may borrow to take your samples that you will send to a lab for analysis. Since our office is currently closed to the public we have a new procedure for borrowing a probe.

1. Please download and fill out the Probe Sign-Out fillable form and email it to us to request an appointment to borrow a probe.

2. We will contact you and schedule your appointment to pick up the probe; we will meet you outside to exchange your $100.00 deposit (cash or check) for the use of the probe.  Probes are to be returned within a two-week time frame.  Pick up times will be Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm on days when someone is physically in the office.

3. Please contact our office to confirm when you will return the probe so we can exchange the probe for your deposit and have you sign that you received your returned deposit.  Drop off times will be Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm on days when someone is physically in the office.

Soil Probe

Point of contact: Kaitlyn Fuss   kfuss1@umd.edu   301-600-3571

Lab information - publications:

Forage Probe

Point of contact: Lisa Strong   lstrong@umd.edu   301-600-3576

List of Certified Labs - Click on the NFTA Certified Laboratories link.

Forage Sampler Usage:
Round shank adapter for use with electric drill of 1/2 hp or 18 volt capacity (recommended). Dowel plunger is supplied to remove moist or packed samples. Each sample needs to be removed prior to taking another sample.

Sampling Video (North Carolina State Extension)
Steps for Good Sampling Methods (University of California Extension)
Forage Sampling Procedures and Equipment (Kansas State Extension)

Research

2019 Soybean Planting Population

Description of Research

The current soybean planting population recommendation for full season soybeans in Maryland is 140,000 plants per acre (ppa). However, this recommendation is based on research conducted in the early 2000s on initial Roundup Ready® varieties in minimum tillage systems (Kratochvil, Pearce, & Harrison, Jr. 2004). Today, farmers have switched to no-till soybean production and have access to the second generation of Roundup Ready® soybeans as well as many newer varieties. While the recommended seeding rate provides adequate yield from these newer varieties, formal research has not been conducted in Maryland to determine if they can still yield at lower populations in no-till production.

Reference

Kratochvil, R.J., Pearce, J.T., & Harrison, Jr., M.R. (2004). Row-Spacing and Seeding Rate Effects on Glyphosate-Resistant Soybean for Mid-Atlantic Production Systems. Agron. J., 96, 1029-1038.

Results

Effects of Planting Population on Yield in Full Season Soybeans

2019 Weed Control In No-Till Pumpkins

Description of Research

Objective - Evaluate potential of Dual Magnum as an overlapping residual approach for pumpkin production throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. This study was conducted at the Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville, MD, the Penn State Research & Education Center in Rock Springs, PA, and at the University of Delaware Research & Education Center in Georgetown, DE.

Results

Overlapping Residuals in Pumpkin Report

2019 Potential Herbicides to Control Problem Weeds in Snap Beans

Description of Research

Objective - To evaluate herbicide effectiveness of these potential herbicides when used in combination with herbicides as compared to current standards. Also, to determine the effect of these herbicide treatments on snap bean stand, injury, and yield. This study is being conducted at the Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville, MD, the Penn State Research & Education Center in Rock Springs, PA, and at the University of Delaware Research & Education Center in Georgetown, DE. Data from only the Maryland site is included in this article.

Results

Snap Bean Herbicide Trial

Newsletters

Agronomy

September 30, 2021

  • 2020-2021 Forage Performance of Cereal Cover Crops in Maryland
  • Agronomy News
  • Conservation Grants
  • Frederick County 4-H Showcase
  • Fall and Winter Meeting Dates

July 23, 2021

  • Frederick County's New Ag Agent
  • Small Grain Variety Trial Results
  • Participants for Cover Crop Soil Health Project Sought
  • Agronomy News
  • Custom Operator Directory

June 23, 2021

  • Grants Available to Small Businesses in Frederick County
  • USDA Announces Additional Pandemic Assistance for Ag Producers and Businesses
  • Supervisor Sought for Catoctin Soil Conservation District Board
  • Agronomy News
  • Cover Crop signup Starts July 1
  • Maryland Commodity Classic
  • Maryland State Bar Association Agriculture Law 2020 Legal Services Directory
  • 2021 Pesticide Container Recycling

February 23, 2021

  • Ag Extension Agent Position Open in Frederick County
  • Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Program Applications Open
  • Grain Bin Safety Survey, USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through CFAP
  • Farmer Course for Writing Nutrient Management Plans

January 11, 2021

  • Ag Innovation Grant
  • Dicamba and Paraquat Reminders
  • Water Re-Use in Ag Virtual Roundtable
  • Crop Production Meetings
  • Good Morning Farmer

Beef

September 30, 2021

  • 2020-2021 Forage Performance of Cereal Cover Crops in Maryland
  • Agronomy News
  • Maryland Advanced Grazing Workshop
  • Conservation Grants
  • Frederick County 4-H Showcase
  • Fall and Winter Meeting Dates

July 23, 2021

  • Frederick County's New Ag Agent
  • Participants for Cover Crop Soil Health Project Sought
  • USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses
  • Custom Operator Directory

June 23, 2021

  • Grants Available to Small Businesses in Frederick County 
  • USDA Announces Additional Pandemic Assistance for Ag Producers and Businesses
  • Supervisor Sought for Catoctin Soil Conservation District Board
  • Cover Crop Signup Starts July 1
  • Beef Cattle Webinar Series
  • Maryland State Bar Association Agriculture Law 2020 Legal Services Directory
  • 2021 Pesticide Container Recycling

February 23, 2021

  • Getting Your Farm Ready For Calving
  • Ag Extension Agent Position Open in Frederick County
  • Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Program Applications Open
  • Farmer Course for Writing Nutrient Management Plans

January 11, 2021

  • Ag Innovation Grant
  • Crop Production Meetings
  • Good Morning Farmer

Dairy

September 30, 2021

  • 2020-2021 Forage Performance of Cereal Cover Crops in Maryland
  • Agronomy News
  • Maryland Advanced Grazing Workshop
  • Conservation Grants
  • Frederick County 4-H Showcase
  • Fall and Winter Meeting Dates

July 23, 2021

  • Frederick County's New Ag Agent
  • Participants for Cover Crop Soil Health Project Sought
  • USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses
  • Agronomy News
  • Custom Operator Directory

June 23, 2021

  • Grants Available to Small Businesses in Frederick County 
  • USDA Announces Additional Pandemic Assistance for Ag Producers and Businesses
  • Supervisor Sought for Catoctin Soil Conservation District Board
  • Agronomy News
  • Cover Crop signup Starts July 1
  • Dairy Field Day
  • Maryland State Bar Association Agriculture Law 2020 Legal Services Directory
  • 2021 Pesticide Container Recycling

February 23, 2021

  • Getting Your Farm Ready For Calving
  • Ag Extension Agent Position Open in Frederick County
  • Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Program Applications Open
  • Grain Bin Safety Survey
  • USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through CFAP
  • Farmer Course for Writing Nutrient Management Plans

January 11, 2021

  • Ag Innovation Grant
  • Dicamba and Paraquat Reminders
  • Water Re-Use in Ag Virtual Roundtable
  • Crop Production Meetings
  • Good Morning Farmer

Pasture Walk

September 30, 2021

  • Maryland Advanced Grazing Workshop
  • Conservation Grants
  • Frederick County 4-H Showcase
  • Fall and Winter Meeting Dates

July 23, 2021

  • Frederick County's New Ag Agent
  • Participants for Cover Crop Soil Health Project Sought
  • USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses
  • Custom Operator Directory

June 23, 2021

  • Grants Available to Small Businesses in Frederick County 
  • USDA Announces Additional Pandemic Assistance for Ag Producers and Businesses
  • Supervisor Sought for Catoctin Soil Conservation District Board
  • Beef Cattle Webinar Series
  • Maryland State Bar Association Agriculture Law 2020 Legal Services Directory
  • 2021 Pesticide Container Recycling

February 23, 2021

  • Getting Your Farm Ready For Calving
  • Ag Extension Agent Position Open in Frederick County
  • Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Program Applications Open
  • Farmer Course for Writing Nutrient Management Plans

January 11, 2021

  • Ag Innovation Grant
  • Crop Production Meetings
  • Good Morning Farmer

Small Farms

September 30, 2021

  • July Issue of Vegetable & Fruit
  • Maryland Advanced Grazing Workshop
  • Conservation Grants
  • Food Safety of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Frederick County 4-H Showcase
  • Fall and Winter Meeting Dates

July 23, 2021

  • Frederick County's New Ag Agent
  • Participants for Cover Crop Soil Health Project Sought
  • USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses
  • Hemp Twilight Tour
  • Small Ruminant & Pasture Field Day
  • Vegetable & Fruit News
  • Custom Operator Directory

June 23, 2021

  • Grants Available to Small Businesses in Frederick County 
  • USDA Announces Additional Pandemic Assistance for Ag Producers and Businesses
  • Supervisor Sought for Catoctin Soil Conservation District Board
  • Cover Crop Signup Starts July 1
  • Virtual Poultry Mortality Composting Short Course and Demonstration
  • Maryland State Bar Association Agriculture Law 2020 Legal Services Directory
  • 2021 Pesticide Container Recycling

February 23, 2021

  • Ag Extension Agent Position Open in Frederick County
  • Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Program Applications Open
  • USDA Announces Value-Added Producer Grant
  • Grant Writing for Farmers Workshop
  • UME Advanced GAP Webinar Series
  • Beginning Farmer Classes
  • Growing A Healthy Food System

January 11, 2021

  • Ag Innovation Grant
  • Paraquat Reminders
  • Spotted Wing Drosophila Survey
  • Water Re-Use in Ag Virtual Roundtable
  • Crop Production Meetings
  • Beginning Farmer Classes
  • Urban Farmer Winter Meeting
  • Legal Guide to Direct Farm Marketing
  • Good Morning Farmer
  • GAP Class